INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis man is being called a hero by his neighbors after he alerted them to a escape a fire in their apartment building early Tuesday.
George Durham, 40, was home watching television when he smelled smoke at his Spring Hill apartment, 6200 block of Spring Hill Way.
Shortly before 1 a.m., he decided to go outside to investigate, but fdidn't see any signs of a fire.
When he went back into his apartment, Durham says the smoke got more intense and he called 911.
He then began knocking on his neighbors doors to alert them to a fire in the building.
Indianapolis fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke in an adjacent apartment.
Firefighters opened up the walls to get to the flames.
The blaze was brought under control in one hour.
IFD investigators determined a heater motor in the laundry room connected to the building started the fire.
Six residents were displaced in the fire after four units were determined to be damaged by fire, water and smoke.. No injuries were reported.
The American Red Cross is working to provide shelter for three displaced residents. The others are staying with family.
Damage has been estimated at $150,000.
A winter storm warning is in effect for most of Central Indiana.
It's very rare that a single person can reach across national, racial, and spiritual borders to bring such hope and healing.
Dispatchers with Indiana State Police say a vehicle left the roadway Thursday night off of Interstate 69.